Audio
  • 1968

    At the tender age of sixteen Fran started out as roadie to R&B band “The Movement”. This is where he began to learn what plugged in to what!

  • 1969

    As a mature seventeen year old roadie, Fran toured with Orphanage, a rock band set up by his brother and Phil Lynott bfore Phil’s rise to world fame with Thin Lizzy. Fran travelled up and down the country, straight from school to the bandwagon.

  • 1970

    Fran makes The Major League as roadie, sound engineer, stage manager and production manager for Thin Lizzy. Lizzy became Ireland’s first internationally acclaimed rock band and launched Fran to the front line of the music business.

  • 1971

    On the 23rd March Fran was upstairs in Ronnie Scotts for Thin Lizzy’s first London gig. A memorable night. This is the year that Fran takes charge of sound and lighting systems in Dublin’s latest nightclub The Revolution, the venue where Clannad played their first Dublin dates. He purchased his first sound system to handle the contract at The Revolution.

  • 1972

    A small music store, The Band Centre, on Harcourt Road, which was previously owned by Thin Lizzy manager Brian Tuite, is purchased by Fran. He develops the outlet as the place to be seen and arrange gigs in Dublin. Many of the international touring bands of the day would stop off at The Band Centre to top up on strings and things. The Band Centre soon became the hub of the music scene, with clientele that included, among others, The Boomtown Rats and U2.

  • 1973

    Heady days for Fran – he purchased his first JBL Concert PA and was the first Irish company to tour in the UK with it’s first gig in the Royall Albert Hall, London. Fran continued to supply his services to almost every international act of the 70s, including Cliff Richard, Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, Leonard Cohen and BB King.

  • 1974

    The company adds a further 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse to accommodate the constantly growing stock.

  • 1976

    PA is upgraded to the Martin System, larger Soundcraft desk, lighting with Par 64 and spots. High end backline brands including Fender, Ampeg,  Acoustic, Ludwig and Premier drums. Shows are getting bigger and bigger with acts like Leo Sayer, Ry Cooder, Canned Heat, Horslips, Chieftains and The Bothy Band.

  • 1977

    First of the outdoor concerts in Dalymount Park with Thin Lizzy, Boomtown Rats, Graham Parker. Opens Keystone Studios in Harcourt Street with Andrew Boland. 8 track to cater mostly for the Trad market, Bothy Band, Christy Moore, Paul Brady and more.

  • 1978

    New opportunities for our Martin System – shipped to London to partner with another sound company.

  • 1979 – 1981

    McGonagles Club, the top live music venue of its era, is taken over by Keystone Studios. McGonagles showcased emerging Irish acts including U2, Virgin Prunes, The Blades, Radiators From Space, Raw Deal, The Lookalikes and endless others.

  • 1982

    CAVS is formed to cater for the new corporate AV industry. Our inventory is extended and upgraded to include projectors, screens, TVs, 3 tube video projectors and more. CAVS opens a new club, The Source, which becomes a major Saturday night entertainment venue and once again showcased many of Ireland’s premier outfits, including Tower of Babel, Fireworks Factory, The Gorehounds, The Black Velvet Band and The Missing Link.

  • 1984

    Music videos explode onto the entertainment scene. CAVS stays ahead of the curve with the very latest technology as it comes on stream, with video walls, Meyer sound, Midas desks and leading edge audiovisual systems. This era marks an important phase in CAVS’ growth with a bigger crew and road fleet.

  • 1998

    Having consolidated our leadership position in the entertainment and audiovisual sector, CAVS hits the deck running in Cork with a new office, increasing our reach in the south. Headed up by Mark Corless supported by a cracking team, CAVS new branch makes an immediate impact in the Cork region.

  • 2001

    CAVS continues to expand, moving our Dublin office around the corner to a new 6,000 sq. ft. facility.

  • 2003 – 2004

    We increase our international footprint with events and conferences in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and major European cities including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Warsaw, Budapest, Frankfurt, Prague and Athens. CAVS joins the L-Acoustics V-Dosc Network, with the acquisition of systems to add to our already vast L-Acoustic stock. This system is the biggest on the market, and partnering with Litton Lane is used to supply acts for international touring acts in the O2 and for festivals such as Oxygen and Electric Picnic.

  • 2006

    The Big Jump – CAVS moves from our long-established site in Harcourt Street to our new 20,000 sq. ft. premises in Merrywell Business Park, Ballymount, allowing us even more opportunity to expand our operation.

  • 2007 – 2009

    We increase our L-Acoustic inventory, and partner with SSE Audio Group in the UK where our system goes on tour and is used for major festivals including Download, T in the Park, Global Gathering, V Festival, Reading Festival.

  • 2009

    CAVS continue to expand, with new stock, vehicles and projects.

  • 2014

    We invest in a major upgrade of our high-end visual stock, including the acquisition of 20K HD Christie projectors, 12K HD Barco projectors, an AV Stumpfl Wings media server, Blackmagic lightware and JVC cameras. Our investment is rewarded with some high-profile commissions.

  • 2016

    CAVS goes from strength to strength as our experience and expertise is regularly called on for major national events and conferences.

  • 2017

    We have just received our brand new L’Acoustics Kiva II, we acquired 24 Kiva II Tops, 8 SB15m and 4 La8 AES amps.

CAVs have been the Audio Visual partners for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition for nearly two decades.  The team are brilliant to work with and their level of knowledge and can do attitude makes the production of AV at the exhibition at a top class level. The awards ceremony has been likened to a rock concert atmosphere by attendees and this is down to the production values and attention to detail by all the team at CAVs.  The team work so well with all other contractors at the event. (Mari Cahalane - BT)

20th April 2017